What are they thinking?! The first professional quilters were men, participants in every aspect involving the production of textiles. Once quilting became a 19th century hobby and artistic pursuit, women became the predominant enthusiasts. Now there is a steadily growing collection of male quilt artists. What are they thinking? What are they creating? Is it different from what women quilters do? This is the only book addressing not just this corner of quilt history, but also the design sense of 30 men quilters via 10 exclusive patterns or processes for quilts ranging from traditional to contemporary. Interviews conducted by author and lecturer Joe Cunningham (famous for his musical quilt show, 'Joe the Quilter') are accompanied by more than 100 photos, including full or detail views of two or three quilts typical of each man's work. To date the only easily accessible records of men's quilts and quilting in the modern era have been exhibit catalogs and magazine articles. Men and the Art of Quiltmaking will enlighten you and spark your creativity.
Men and the Art of Quiltmaking - 01/11/2011
Reviewer: James A. Cox, Edtor-in-Chief from Oregon, WI, USA
Joe Cunningham's MEN AND THE ART OF QUILTMAKING is the only book to provide designs by 30 modern male quilters, discussing how they think and feel about their quilts. Interviews with these men are accompanied by over 100 photos of quilts typical of each man's works, and 9 patterns for creating one of their designs. A 'must' for any interested in men's participation in needlework. --James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, The Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review, January 2011.
Men and the Art of Quiltmaking - 10/05/2010
Reviewer: Kathy Niemann from Marietta, GA, USA
This book is for the star struck quilter. FAMOUS male quilters and their FAMOUS quilts are included. The stories from the quilters about how they came to do what they do or how they were discovered, etc. are things we would all ask them ourselves, if we could. Many of the quilts pictured are legend. It is a great read topped off with project tips from some award winning quilters.
Men and the Art of Quiltmaking by Joe Cunningham - 09/22/2010
Reviewer: Vivian Benton from Pittsburgh, PA
Men have been quilting for years, and it's nice to finally see a collection of their work. I love the format of this book. For each man, there are photos of their quilts, a bit of biographical information, and special topics (though the topics may be a different focus for each man) that range from when they started quilting to how rewarding it is for them. I loved reading the stories. For instance, John Flynn started out trying to make the perfect quilt frame for his wife and to test it, he started hand quilting...and got hooked! Raymond Houston started sewing on a dare from a girl in his high school who used to brag that her mother made all her "cute little clothes." Don Linn's wife "dragged" him to a quilt show, where he went just to pacify her. He saw a lady quilting on a longarm and was fascinated. One month later he had one.
So go ahead and buy this book; you'll love it as much as I do. I promise!